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topspin


She can hit the ball with a lot of topspin.
  when a ball is struck so that it spins forward and thus downward after being hit
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Topspin is especially useful in racquet sports because it permits hitting the ball hard and fast while keeping it in bounds.
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  • She can hit the ball with a lot of topspin.
  • The ball came arcing over the net with a heavy topspin; anticipating its drop, he scrambled forward and set up the ball perfectly.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • A topspin line drive.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • He tomahawked the pitch and the ball had topspin and dipped into the lower deck and there is Pafko at the 315 sign looking straight up with his right arm braced at the wall and a spate of paper coming down.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
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Associated words [difficulty]:   topspin [9] , curveball [7] , slider [9] , volley [5] , Tony Hawk [8] , dead heat [8]
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